Zhoe Guizen, 89, is one of the last survivors that bear the marks of the Chinese practice of foot-binding. This ancient tradition has lead to millions of girls getting their feet horribly deformed.
It was done for cosmetic purposes, as smaller feet were considered to be prettier. In truth, a woman would be hobbled and could even be rendered bedridden by mangling. Infections were common, too.
Suffering was great from the very beggining, as parents would choose winter to start foot binding as the cold would numb the pain.
After the communist takeover, the practice was banned. Zhoe Guizen would wrap her feet thickly and wear large shoes with stuffing to avoid detecting. Foot-bound girls were sneered at in the revolutionary China, as their condition prevented them from working as hard as it was expected from a model citizen.